For those disappointed or tired with the direction certain other HBO comedies have been going (that shall not be named…), HBO’s freshman comedy/drama Looking has provided an excellent alternative. Regardless, everyone should be able to admit that Looking provides a fresh and different perspective on single life in a bustling city, and does so with a humor and charm that resonates beyond gender or sexual barriers. Hit the jump for more on the series and what its renewal means.
According to THR, the production has also upped Lauren Weedman, Raul Castillo and Russell Tovey to series regulars. The trio play a close friend, a boyfriend, and a forbidden love interest (and boss), respectively, for Jonathan Groff‘s character Patrick, the focus in a group of three gay friends (including Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Barlett) who live in San Francisco.
Though the show did not pull significant numbers initially, buzz and positive critical praise have helped it gain viewers as it has gone along, particularly regarding On Demand and HBO Go views (and surely plenty of pirating, just like with all of HBO’s series).
Looking may not be as flashy as Girls when it comes to the press, nor is it as darkly comedic as the excellent Veep, but it’s a deeply engaging series that has a natural feel to it, with a charm and realness that make it unlike anything else currently on air. HBO is often patient with new series, especially ones that garner critical attention (there’s no other way The Wire would have survived five seasons otherwise), and it’s a testament to their belief in the show’s creative content that they have chosen to renew it, while other comedies (like Stephen Merchant‘s Hello Ladies) have fallen by the wayside. Which is why it’s time, if you haven’t already, to give this promising series a look.
Looking airs Sunday nights on HBO at 10:30pm ET